Manchester United legend Gary Neville has named the 23 players he would take to Euro 2020 if he was still involved with England.
Neville and fellow Sky Sports Monday Night Football pundit Jamie Carragher agreed on 20 players they think should be in the Three Lions plans this summer.
One of the three they disagreed on was Mason Greenwood.
Neville thinks the United forward should go because he’s a top finisher who can grab a goal in a tight game.
“If England are going to need a goal, they’re 1-0 down against a team, I would bring Greenwood on,” said Neville.
“That’s because he’s a finisher. He’s a better finisher than (Marcus) Rashford, naturally a better finisher than (Raheem) Sterling, even though he hasn’t got the goals of Sterling.
“He’s got that quality to work in tight spaces around the box – I think he’s exceptional. I’m not just saying that because he plays for Manchester United.
“I would work a way to get him into the squad in case (Harry) Kane got injured. I don’t think he’ll get in the squad, even if he scores seven in ten (between now and the end of the season).”
Another area Carragher and Neville disagreed was who should be the goalkeeper for the opening game of the tournament against Croatia on June 13.
Neville feels that it should be Dean Henderson, with Carragher believing Jordan Pickford should start the game.
“If he finishes the season (as United’s number one), which he’s likely to do – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s made the call, Henderson will be England’s number one.
“It’s a bit of a prediction he’ll finish the season well. I don’t think it’ll happen – I think Gareth will choose Pickford.
“England need a really good number one goalkeeper to emerge in the next few years and he could be the one. Is Dean Henderson amazing?
“That’s the bit that needs to be worked out in the next few months to a year. Teams that win titles have amazing goalkeepers.”
Neville also named Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire in his eleven to kick off the tournament.
As he said himself, it seems more likely that Gareth Southgate will stick with Pickford.
He’s stuck with him through thick and thin and likely won’t risk changing his first choice goalkeeper so close to a tournament.
But if Henderson does establish himself as United’s number one this season and next, he’s got a huge claim to be England’s first choice goalkeeper too.
Greenwood has only made one England appearance and hasn’t featured since being sent home from Iceland last year.
He pulled out of the Under 21 squad last month and it would be a shock if Southgate threw him into his 23-man squad too.
But again, if Greenwood makes himself United’s first choice striker this and next season, he’s in with a huge shout of an England recall.
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